The 2022 BusNSW Industry Awards were presented at the Australasia Bus & Coach Expo Gala Dinner on 5 October 2022.
Winner: Jessica Kane – Kanes Buses
After graduating school in 2015, Jessica (Jess) completed her Bachelor of Business. Seeing the positive impact her family business had on her local community, Jess decided to pursue a career in transport.
She completed a Master of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management and Corporate Communication in 2022.
During her Master’s Jess won not one, but two Deans Awards before graduating with distinction. All while gaining valuable industry knowledge by working in her family’s bus business.
Having attended the BusNSW NextGen Leaders Forum, Jess expressed her joy at having found her calling, and she feels well-placed to be a leader as the industry faces further change.
“The transport industry is going to continue evolving and facing challenges like increased regulation, integration with technology and the challenge to provide sustainable solutions. I’m excited to use my learnings to help address them.”
Jess continues to bring her passion, knowledge, and ideas to her work as the Administration Manager of Kane’s Buses, working to help her community tackle the challenges facing her regional area.
Supplier of the Year
After 20 years’ working directly with the bus and coach operators, BusInsure has developed a thorough understanding of the risks faced by the bus industry.
This experience and knowledge, coupled with their professionalism, make them an ideal partner who can provide solutions needed by bus operators, particularly in relation to their obligations under Bus Service Contracts.
As the industry faces into an ever-increasing amount of regulation and requirements, BusInsure has worked closely with operators and BusNSW to understand the landscape and develop new products and solutions for business owners to assess and manage risks.
BusInsure understands that each business is unique, and that the approach needed by a large metropolitan bus operator may be vastly different to that needed by a small rural school bus operator.
Their reputation is unsurpassed within the industry, and they are the trusted partner of many bus operators.
Winner: Transdev NSW
Transdev NSW has achieved outstanding results in workplace health and safety through the implementation of a range of innovative strategies and solutions.
Through targeted campaigns including “It’s Just Not Worth It”, “Get a Grip”, “GEM” and “Going for Care” they have delivered reductions in the number of workplace incidents and injuries and motor vehicle accidents.
During the pandemic they provided ongoing mental health workshops and driver wellbeing initiatives, with the safety of their staff and the broader community being a core priority.
Transdev’s safety correspondents are constantly looking to identify and replicate best safety practices, to support their “zero accidents” objective.
All employees undergo safety training and certification, and the best safety initiatives from employees are awarded “Safety Trophies”.
Transdev are also a dedicated supporter of safety programs such as Bus Safety Week and National Road Safety Week.
Environment & Innovation Award
After 80 years in operation, Busways is still finding ways to innovate, and they have achieved outstanding results across a wide range of innovations and environmental initiatives.
They were one of the first operators to receive zero emission buses and have undertaken significant work at their depots to power a growing fleet of electric buses using “smart” software to optimise charging and grid use.
Busways was also involved in a trial of the first fully automated shuttle bus to take passengers in a public setting. The three-year trial carried over 11,000 passengers and was the first autonomous shuttle globally to achieve full automation with passengers on board.
They have been a key contributor in the development of on-demand transport, with their on-demand service transporting over 200,000 passengers quickly, safely and efficiently.
Currently, Busways are involved in the trial of new technology to track and prioritise road repairs, by identifying potholes in real-time using sensors mounted on their buses.
Outstanding Contribution Award
Winner: Peter Dwyer – Piper Alderman
Peter has worked closely with the bus industry for over twenty years. He has represented both bus operators and State Associations throughout Australia.
In the early 2000s Peter served as the legal advisor to the bus industry during the bus reforms following the Unsworth report, which he considers a highlight of his career.
He has worked on a wide variety of bus-related issues for both the industry and individual operators. including tenders, requests for proposals, expressions of interest, probity issues and complex negotiations with State Governments.
Peter has been a speaker at numerous bus conferences and through his firm has been strong supporter of bus associations, including BusNSW.
He has also been there for members in times of personal crisis, at times acting in a pro bono capacity.
Peter is universally recognized by bus operators and associations as someone who has made a significant contribution to the industry.